Magda Wosinkska
FRIDAY 5/6

VIVIAN GIRLS, NO JOY, UNNATURAL HELPERS, WITCH GARDENS

All-male punks Unnatural Helpers may be the odd men out on this estrogenic bill, which includes resilient garage-pop trio Vivian Girls, ascendant noise-pop riffers No Joy, and Witch Gardens—the Seattle quartet with fetching, itinerant song structures and only one Y chromosome to their name. No Joy's frontwomen Jasamine White-Gluz and Laura Lloyd are totally awesome live, doling out licks and whipping their tawny manes around like Lita Ford one minute and then mucking around with their pedals the next. It's a good time to catch Witch Gardens, who are coming off of their strongest recording session yet (with Aaron Schroeder of Thunder Buffalo). They plan on releasing new material mid-summer. Vera Project, 7:30 pm, $11/$10 with club card.

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SATURDAY 5/7

JAPAN RELIEF SHOW: BUTTS, STICKERS, MOUNTAINSS, SUNDANCE KIDS

The DIY music community's reaction to the earthquake/tsunami/radioactive clusterfuck in Japan has been impressive. When LA's all-drum concept band Foot Village thundered into town, they donated their take of the door to a relief effort coordinated by the Boredoms' Shinji Masuko. Local cassette label DRAFT—whose artists perform at all-ages-friendly spots such as Gallery 1412 and the Chapel Performance Space—recently released a compilation called Pacific Support, with all proceeds going to the Red Cross. Now a handful of local favorites (who run the gamut from playfully raunchy to raucously piquant) are doing their part, too, with donations going to Masuko's charity. This show will be good for your ears and good for your soul—consciousness-expanding and conscience-assuaging. Healthy Times Fun Club, 8 pm, $5.